By Min Zhong
On a starless winter night, I was on my way to Sophia Golden Hall.

On a quiet winter night,
A half moon,
Lit up a starless sky

In this week’s class, I have a new understanding of evanesces and forms with respect to time and space. In the literature of “As I Crossed a Bridge of Dreams”, dream and life are interchangeable. While dream is “a metaphor for the illusory nature of human experience” (12), dream is a break from reality. This interchangeability reflects a passive living experience. As dream, life is uncontrollable. People leave and die and all happy moment can be gone at any moment. In page 106, Lady Sarashina describes her husband’s death as “he fades away like a dream”. Through the change in time, space and physical existences, feelings and memories are the only things that left behind. As everything is evanescent, sadness can be sensed from beauty and beauty can be enhanced through sorrow. As described in page 49, cherry blossoms cheers Lady Sarashina up, but the anticipation of their falling makes her grieved. Due to their nature of evanescence, beautiful things and wonderful moment become much more memorable.

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One Response to Dream

  1. Your poem is awesome, Min! I think the hardest part is painting a picture without being extravagant, and you definitely got it.

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